Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Human Rights 365

On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon proclaims: "Let us respond to the cries of the exploited, and uphold the right to human dignity for all."

Human rights have been central to much response to yesterday's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.  Many have renewed calls for prosecution, including UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson.  Assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, Tom Malinowski, avers “the test for any nation committed to this Convention and to the rule of law is not whether it ever makes mistakes, but whether and how it corrects them.” 

If you'd like to think more deeply about this issue, consult recent titles like U.S. Human Rights Conduct and International Legitimacy and Criminal Law and Human Rights or search for human rights material in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law